Marlene Shirley, born in the US-Virgin Islands, moved from Washington D.C to Saalfelden am Steinernen Meer, Austria at the age of seven. She finished her education in the Salzburger
Festungsverlag, where she did editiorial and lay out design work on the Salzburger Wochenspiegel.
She took over the editing of the programme of the Salzburger Wochenspiegel. After that she worked in Berlin, in film/and television as an assistant director.
Apart of the usual publications, she followed the paths of Maria Franziska von Trapp into the "Pinzgau", where Maria and three of her siblings were born, and shows a small part of her second
hometown in Austria.